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Homogen

Nine episodes, nine characters, representative of a generation of homosexuals discuss the realities they face, from their « coming-out » to dealing with stereotypes, bullying and of course, finding love. Homogen delivers an intimate portrait of the Quebec gay and lesbian community where youth, parents, allies and dissidents can find real answers to their questions, without shame, judgment or taboo. The series elevates the personal experience to a universal level. In fact, it makes a difference by showing that in the end, there is no difference, after all.

  • Isabelle Courville
    Director
  • Isabelle Courville
    Writer
  • Isabelle Courville
    Producer
  • Kim Alex Larochelle
    Producer
  • Isabelle Courville
    Cinematographer
  • Isabelle Courville
    Editor
  • Jessica Desjardins
    Sound Recordist
  • Isabelle Courville
    Sound Recordist
  • Jessica Desjardins
    Sound Editor
  • Kim Alex Larochelle
    Original Concept
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Homogène
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Web / New Media, Other
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 34 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 5, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    4,800 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English, French
  • Shooting Format:
    DSLR, HD Video
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • T.O. WebFest 2016
    Toronto, Canada
    May 27, 2016
    OFFICIAL SELECTION + NOMINATION "BEST LBGTQ STORY"
  • Vancouver Web Fest 2016
    Vancouver, Canada
    March 20, 2016
    OFFICIAL SELECTION + NOMINATION "BEST DOCUMENTARY"
  • 59th Cine Golden Eagle Awards for Independent & Emerging Media
    Washington DC
    United States
    October 3, 2016
    OFFICIAL SELECTION, DIGITAL SERIES
  • Queer West Film Festival
    Toronto
    Canada
    June 16, 2016
    In collaboration with Franco Queer and Franco Fierté 2016
  • IMAGE+NATION Film Festival
    Montreal, Canada
    December 5, 2015
    OFFICIAL SELECTION
  • KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival
    Mumbai
    India
    May 27, 2016
    OFFICIAL SELECTION
  • Los Angeles CineFest 2016
    Los Angeles, USA
    February 1, 2016
  • MEZIPATRA Queer Film Festival
    Praque, Czech Republic
    November 10, 2015
    SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL SCREENING
  • GardenCity International Film Festival
    Bangalore, Karnataka
    India
    September 4, 2016
    OFFICIAL SELECTION
  • San Francisco Film Awards
    San Francisco, USA
    March 30, 2015
    AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
  • Phoenix Film Festival Melbourne
    Melbourne, Australia
    November 5, 2015
    NO COMPETITION NEW FILM MAKERS
  • TrueDoc Documentary Festival

    September 8, 2016
    OFFICIAL SELECTION
  • The Monthly Film Festival

    September 1, 2015
    NOMINATION "BEST TRAILER"
  • Festival Aires Libres 2015 - Soirées Ciné LSTW
    Montréal, Canada
    July 16, 2015
  • Roma Cinema DOC
    Roma, Italia
    July 1, 2015
  • ACE Jehlum Short & Long Film Festival
    Bangalore, India
    June 13, 2015
  • GRICS : Connecting Videos to Education
    Canada
  • Ozark Shorts
    Lamar, Missouri
    United States
    OFFICIAL SELECTION
  • SABC Ekurhuleni International Film Festival
    Ekurhuleni
    South Africa
    OFFICIAL SELECTION
  • Southeastern International Film Festival
    Duluth, Georgia
    United States
    SEMI-FINALIST
  • CreActive International Open Film Festival
    Dhaka
    Bangladesh
    FINALIST, OFFICIAL SELECTION
Director Biography - Isabelle Courville

Artistic creation is second nature for Isabelle Courville. Born on January 14th, 1992 in Hull, Quebec, Isabelle has always been passionate about performing arts, creative writing and cinema. She studied filmmaking for five years, beginning at Cegep de l’Outaouais and then at the University of Quebec in Montreal, where she just recently completed her bachelor’s degree. Her first short film, P.O.W. (2011) received critical acclaim at the Intercollegiate Film Festival and the Ottawa International Short Film Festival. The same year, she received the Governor General of Canada’s Medal for academic excellence and social and community involvement. From screenwriting to directing, Isabelle expands her filmmaking experience with her work as a cinematographer, using both words and light to reflect her unique vision, blurring the gap between reality and fantasy.

From 2011 to 2014, always eager for a new story to tell with her camera, she directs multiple documentary and fiction projects with her talented collaborator, Jessica Desjardins. In fact, both are currently laying down the foundation for their own production company. In August 2014, Isabelle was invited to attend an international documentary master class in Požega, Serbia, a month prior to directing a short film in Belgrade, Serbia, during the European Summer Film School 2014 contest.

Upon her return from Europe, it was with an inspired mind that she completed the editing phase of an ambitious documentary project that had begun in 2012 with Kim Alex Larochelle, whom she met while working as a production coordinator in a musical theater school for children and adolescents. At that time, Kim Alex approached Isabelle with an idea for a documentary series with the objective to counter homophobia. Captivated by her friend’s enthusiasm and strong desire to make a difference, she plunged into the adventure that, two years later, has become Homogen.

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Director Statement

As director, cinematographer and editor, I carried this Goliath-like project through months of filming, hundreds of hours of material culminating in an intricate and complex editing process… a real puzzle. For the last two years, Homogen has allowed me to grow immensely as a documentary filmmaker and at the same time, without realizing it, it has also become the catalyst for a significant change in my life.

During the filming process, many participants asked me why I had decided to embark on this journey to counter homophobia. They would question me about my own sexual orientation and my motivation. I would simply respond that I loved the idea of a straight female directing a gay-themed documentary. I wanted Homogen to be like a breath of fresh air with a nuanced and universal message amongst a massive collection of gay-themed works created by gay people. Despite holding my camera with that objective in mind, at the end of the filming process, I fell in love with my best friend and filmmaking colleague, Jessica. This upheaval in my personal life had a profound impact on the making of Homogen. In the editing room, the images I had filmed and the personal stories I had recorded were resonating within me in a whole new way.

I am very grateful that Homogen’s post-production process benefitted from Jessica Desjardins’ precious experience with regard to sound recording, editing and mixing. The project would not have been the same without her technical and creative contribution. In fact, I would like to take this opportunity to thank my dedicated co-producer, Kim Alex Larochelle, who chose me to carry and deliver this beautiful message of hope, equality and justice. My team and I would also like to thank everyone near and far who helped make this ambitious project come to life, as it is important for the present and future of young people seeking role-models, for their loved ones who need more resources to help support them and for the schools and institutions who need guidance to help society grow into a more inclusive and nuanced environment. Most importantly, we truly hope Homogen can help extinguish the last embers of homophobia in the hearts of certain individuals.

I am very proud to share this story, while indirectly my story, with the public. I hope that every image, every word, will touch and inspire you, just as it did for me.